I’ve spent the last few weeks prepping for this change, using a range of products that really helped me do it in the easiest and least damaging way.
For the past month, I’ve been using this Unwash trio*; Bio-Cleansing Conditioner, Anti-Residue Cleanse and Hydrating Masque. This fantastic set has left my hair clean, nourished, soft and feeling truly cleansed.
I have been using the Bio-Cleansing Conditioner every few days for the past month, as it replaces shampoo and still nourishes like a conditioner. Hair feels like it’s really getting a deep clean, and I found this helped remove stubborn colour in my hair I was trying to wash out. When trying to get rid of as much of my turquoise hair as possible, I knew I would have to bleach it; but I wanted to try fade it out first to avoid as much damage as possible. This Bio-Cleansing Conditioner really helped me do that, and meant the bleach only needed a few moments on my hair to make it truly light and free of dye.
After bleaching, I used the Anti-Residue Cleanse and this was SO GOOD, and perfect for what I needed. Anyone who has bleached their hair before will tell you that afterwards your hair is left feeling kinda gross. This gave my hair a good cleanse and removed all the buildup and residue from bleaching. It felt clean and lighter immediately after use.
And finally I knew after all this I would need to really nourish my hair again, and give it some love! So I used the Hydrating Masque to make it soft and shiny again. This restores natural oils and repairs damage, and I immediately felt the difference.
So; I had removed my old colour, lightened and nourished my hair. What next?
The dying of course! The main event time. I’m always a fan of creating my own custom shades when dying my hair, rather than just straight out the pot/tube stuff. I already knew I wanted to be lilac, and I wanted it to be cool toned rather than a deep warm purple. I had Directions colour pots in Violet already, and knew I could mix a really small amount of this with a LOAD of conditioner to ‘dilute’ the colour and lighten to lilac. However I also decided to mix some silver/grey in there!
I used the Organic Colour Systems Silver Grey hair dye* with my violet, and conditioner. The silver was perfect, because it made my purple go from a plum-ish shade, to a lighter, cool toned silver lilac. It made ALL the difference, and I’m so happy I used it! I found this bottle easily has enough for a few applications in here, and the silver was beautiful anyway; so I’ll probably try this shade out on its own soon too!
Obviously there are a lot of hair dyes you can’t mix together, so I recommend checking before you try this – but I always find my favourite shades come from mixing my own in this way! Plus it usually saves a lot of money. I could have bought pots of lilac but I would have easily used two or three pots immediately. Whereas this way, I have used about a quarter of one pot, and just a small amount of my silver. Much more cost effective.
So there we have it! These are the products I have used to get myself in it’s current lilac state, and I couldn’t be happier!
Let me know what you guys think? 🙂
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